Christmas, while supposedly one of the most joyous times of year, can also be one of the most stressful. Sure, there’s tinsel and Mariah Carey and the freedom to watch Love Actually multiple times without judgement, but if you happen to be hosting the main event your blood pressure is probably going through the roof.
Those cousins you haven’t seen in years? They’ll be there, complete with gluten-free and vegan dietary requirements. Then there’s a tree to put up, a table to decorate, and, most importantly, a menu that will keep everyone happy to plan. Not to mention shopping for the last-minute Secret Santa you’ve been dragged into at work.
If the whole thing is filling you with dread instead of merriment, why not ditch tradition (and a mountain of dishes) and treat yourself to a nice civilised meal out on the town.
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The basement of Long Chim will be exploding with flavour as they take a festive approach to their delicious Thai street food menu and throw open their doors for Christmas lunch and dinner. For $125 per person you can taste your way through favourites from their Maa Long Chim banquet menu—from dumplings, red duck curry and grilled Exmouth prawns to mango sticky rice. Throw on the drinks package and you’re all set for a very merry time.
Perth’s best spot for a degustation, Wildflower is hosting their first ever Christmas Day lunch and you can bet the menu will blow your mum’s roast out the water. Taking place on the beautiful rooftop of the Como Treasury building, festive feathers can enjoy a four-course tasting menu curated by Head Chef Matthew Sartori for $225 per person, with dishes like raw alborhos island scallop, roasted manjimup marron, dry-aged wagin duck breast and petit fours. Plus, they’re even doing their own fine-dining take on the classic Christmas pavlova. You can opt for the $95 add-on option if you want to go all in on West Australian wine pairing.
Petition Kitchen will be serving up a festive Australian feast for both lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. For $135 per person you can enjoy a delightful Christmas feast with dishes like cured ocean trout, roasted cauliflower, slow roasted lamb shoulder, and twice cooked potato, with a white chocolate and peach sorbet to finish. Yep, Christmas out is sounding better and better.
Dress to impress and head over to Post for an Italian-inspired Christmas lunch that will have your family singing your praises for years to come. Who wants to slave away in the kitchen when you could be treating yourself to perfect pan-roasted fish with crushed potatoes, buffalo mozzarella with oven roasted capsicum, or some classic ricotta gnocchi? No one, that’s who. Book for lunch or dinner here
The Ritz-Carlton is inviting their guests to step inside a winter wonderland as they transform the Elizabeth Quay Ballroom into a full festive celebration this Christmas Day. Settle in for a Chrissie long lunch from 12pm to 3pm and enjoy classics like Exmouth king prawns, Shark Bay scallops, Berkshire glazed ham and Christmas pudding. For $295 per person, this will be the best classic Christmas lunch you’ve ever had.
Hearth is offering a five-course Christmas Eve dinner, and Christmas day dinner and the menu looks absolutely epic—expect blue swimmer crab, Abrolhos scallops, scampi, marron, dry-aged Wagin duck and Futari wagyu, as well as traditional Christmas desserts. Priced at $195 per person, there’s also the option of adding Margaret River and Frankland River paired wines for $85 if you really want to get jolly.
The Guildford Hotel
A three-course meal and two hours of free-flowing drinks sounds much better than cooking at home, doesn't it? Get stuck into The Guildford's shared feast of roasted potatoes, fried Brussel sprouts and smoked meats with plenty of bubbly, beers and soft drinks. Don’t forget to squeeze in dessert—a yule log with custard and berry compote.
The best bit about Christmas is eating yourself into a food coma, and you can do just that at Pan Pacific in Perth. For $178 per head you will get to chow into everything from freshly shucked oysters and prawns to turkey, pork belly and salads galore. Then you can stuff your second stomach silly with Chrissy pudding, trifle and mince pies. When you can’t take anymore you can waddle across to the hotel’s swimming pool, stay cool in their movie room or get among the puzzles and games. Saint Nick’s even coming too!
Looking to class it up this Christmas? Head straight to Garum. Your four course feast will start with antipasto, in the true Italian way, with some cured meat, zucchini flowers and crochette, then you can dig into everything from cacio E pepe and turkey saltimbocca to suckling pig. For dessert, you can load up on cheese, tiramisu and, of course, Christmas pudding. Definitely book.
HQ Bar + Kitchen
Take your Christmas soiree sky high at Quay Perth’s HQ Bar + Kitchen. Overlooking Elizabeth Quay, you’ll enjoy a buffet feast of ham, roast beef, potato salad, oysters and all the fancy trimmings. Come dessert you can load your plate up with churros and dark French chocolate, coconut and mango panacotta, cheese and fruit.
With all the Crown restaurants and bars putting on a spread for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s bound to be a menu that suits your taste—from the casual al a carte menu at Market & Co, right through to a decadent set menu at Nobu. Forget the turkey and go for something slightly unconventional.
Nothing beats a nice relaxing meal at the pub, and folks at The Queens are holiday veterans when it comes to putting on a Christmas lunch for Perth locals and visitors alike. Yep, they’ve got a three-course menu and a side of jolly with your name on it.
Ivy & Jack
If a buffet feast and chocolate fountain is sounding just like the Christmas miracle you’ve been praying for, look no further than Ivy & Jack. Gorging yourself silly on all the traditional dishes over a glass of wine or ten is definitely encouraged.
If turkey and pudding doesn’t float your boat, maybe a steamboat will do the trick? With a positively massive range of a la carte dishes and dim sum on offer, even the fussiest of family members are sure to leave feeling stuffed with Christmas cheer after lunch at Dragon Palace.
Fraser’s Kings Park
Fraser’s will be feeding hungry Christmas folk from breakfast right through to dinner with a la carte, set and buffet menus. If you’re feeling energetic after feasting you can go for a walk in the beautiful park… or just roll out of there and have a nap on the grass that overlooks the Swan River.
Elmar’s In The Valley
Elmar’s is bringing a dose of German Christmas magic to the Swan Valley this year in the form of a buffet lunch complete with carvery station. Keep your eyes peeled for their sweet and spicy mustard glazed ham with shiraz juice. Top everything off at the dessert buffet and kick on with a few beers.
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